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Community cultural documentation.

In its second year, the Schenectady Community Cultural Documentation Program again collaborated with the Schoharie River Center for a six-week summer employment training program. Besides learning skills of scientific inquiry through their studying the water quality of the Schoharie Creek and its watershed, 19 teens from Schenectady also worked with NYFS folklorists Ellen McHale and Lisa Overholser to learn ethnographic documentation skills. During the six-week period, the teens collected oral histories and documented some of the arts connected to individuals' use of the Schoharie Creek in Montgomery County. In hands-on activities, the teens learned about fly fishing and fly tying, interviewed members of the local chapter of Trout Unlimited, and documented the work of fly rod maker, Douglas Moody. The program continues into 2013 in an after-school format, with support from the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Trust and the New York State Council on the Arts, and will focus on the City of Schenectady.

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Publication:Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Mar 22, 2012
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